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HUDA’s demolition drive at Mansa Devi Complex leaves fate of many undecided

Most of the residents, who hail from Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh, came to Panchkula almost two decades ago.

Policemen lathicharge residents of Mansa Devi Complex after they hurled stones at the police following HUDA’s anti-encroachment drive.
Policemen lathicharge residents of Mansa Devi Complex after they hurled stones at the police following HUDA’s anti-encroachment drive.

A day after the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) conducted an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 5 of Mansa Devi Complex, which led to an ugly fight between the residents and police, many slum dwellers have been rendered homeless while the fate of many others remain undecided.

Most of the residents, who hail from Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh, came to Panchkula almost two decades ago. Armed with identity proofs such as voter ID cards, Aadhar cards and ration cards, the slum dwellers claim they are not illegal residents at the Mansa Devi Complex.

“We having been living since 20 years. We have all identification proofs. We even have an electricity connection. Why were all these facilities given to us if we were to be thrown out?” asked Ram Avatar, a daily labourer.

“Everyone is showing sympathy towards the policemen who were injured yesterday, but have turned a blind eye to the injuries we faced during the lathi charge,” said Hem Singh, another slum-dweller.

Around 200 slum-dwellers protested outside the HUDA office on Monday demanding proper rehabilitation. The HUDA on Sunday had given the residents two days’ notice to clear up their belongings.